Almost time to leave the nest

White-Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)

He just gave me enough time to take the picture then he disappeared back in to his nest. Breeding season is June to September in KwaZulu-Natal. One egg is laid and both parents care for it for 58 days. Once hatched, the parents take shifts to care for the chick. The chick receives food from both parents and begins to leave the nest between 108-140 days after hatching. The vulture chick is fully independent around 5-6 months later.

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